Canadian Jesuit Father David Nazar, SJ, has been named rector of the Pontifical Oriental Institute
Canadian Jesuit appointed rector of Rome’s Pontifical Oriental Institute
Jesuit Father David Nazar, SJ, has been named rector of the Pontifical Oriental
Institute, the premier centre for the study of Eastern Christianity in Rome, Italy.
Fr. Nazar is
currently serving as superior of the Jesuits in Ukraine and is a former
provincial superior of the Jesuits in English Canada Province.
confirmed the appointment to the Religious Information Service of Ukraine
(RISU) saying: "I gladly accept this appointment. This is important work
for the good of the Church and, in particular, for the Oriental Churches. Today
we have conflicts in the Middle East, particularly in Syria, and military
action in Ukraine. The Church should rethink its mission in these countries and
the Pontifical Oriental Institute, as an important institution, is an important
element in this process."
was born to a family of Ukrainian immigrants in Canada. There, he had the
unique experience of practicing faith in two different Rites, the Byzantine and
the Latin, in the Catholic Church. This experience became an aid for his later
ministry, when former Jesuit Superior General, Fr. Peter Hans Kolvenbach, SJ,
invited him to establish the Jesuit District in Ukraine.
being the superior in Ukraine, he was also involved in the Jesuit Refugee
Service in the country.
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